Pretty in Punxsutawney, by Laurie Boyle Crompton
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Release Date: January 15, 2019
Length: 304 pages
Source: Blog Tour Copy
Times Read: Once
A Groundhog Day meets Pretty in Pink mashup from author Laurie Boyle Crompton, Pretty in Punxsutawney tells the tale of a girl willing to look beneath the surface to see people for who they really are.
Andie is the type of girl who always comes up with the perfect thing to say…after it’s too late to say it. She’s addicted to romance movies—okay, all movies—but has yet to experience her first kiss. After a move to Punxsutawney, PA, for her senior year, she gets caught in an endless loop of her first day at her new school, reliving those 24 hours again and again.
Convinced the curse will be broken when she meets her true love, Andie embarks on a mission: infiltrating the various cliques to find the one boy who can break the spell. What she discovers along the way is that people who seem completely different can often share the very same hopes, dreams, and hang-ups. And that even a day that has been lived over and over can be filled with unexpected connections and plenty of happy endings.
Something about me is always sure that I don’t like anything involving reliving the same day over and over again because it is NONSENSICAL. Yet I still choose to read all the books and watch all the movies that use Groundhog Day as a comp, and I am never, ever sorry about it.
Like Happy Death Day, this horror-themed one that I meant to hate-watch but accidentally fell in love with instead
♥ For almost the first half of the book, Andie is sure she knows who her true love is, if she could just get him to kiss her. And I’ll admit, he does come off much better than the guy she eventually ends up with. It’s not hard to see how she fell for him. But once school starts, homeboy is clearly into ALL THE GIRLS and Andie spends day after day memorizing ways to loop him around so he won’t run into the ones who vie for his attention the most, especially Kaia with whom he is obviously smitten.
I wish we got a little insight from Andie eventually in terms of not letting a guy pull the kind of shit that he does, but she does get there on the girl-hate front and how unnecessary it is. It’s never a competition, and if you’re gonna hate anyone, hate the guy that made you feel like it was. (Power to all of you who learned this one faster than I did–I wish I knew this in high school and college, because there are some really awesome girls I could have had as friends instead of enemies.)
♥ This seems like it might be kind of fun at first, being able to fix all of your mistakes and knowing that everything you do has no lasting effect. Andie has some fun with it, learning some badass new skills, taking days off of school, even getting a tattoo that disappears by morning. But it would get really lonely really fast, not being able to confide in anyone. She tries to infiltrate different social groups each day, but is never able to connect them. When she starts falling for someone, she can never gain any traction, having to start fresh every morning.
♥ It takes our girl a loooong time to get things right, but to be fair she has no idea why this is happening to her or what will stop it. There’s no one she can discuss it with either, because anyone she tells will think she’s crazy. You really get to see Andie figure some stuff out, and learn from what’s happening.
Favorite Quotes: “In going after the hunkiest of hunky boys, I have flown too close to the sun.”
“Outside of a picture frame, eternally young is no way to really live.”
“Being a girl is not a competition.”
“Maybe we’re all simply doing the best that we can with situations that don’t make any sense to us…Our boulders might be all different shapes and sizes, but I think we all know the effort of pushing something heavy. And the pain of risking hope that this time, maybe, when we reach the top…things just might be finally different. Better, even.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laurie Boyle Crompton is the YA author of the upcoming PRETTY IN PUNXSUTAWNEY (Blink/HarperCollins 2019) as well as ADRENALINE CRUSH (Macmillan/2014, Square Fish/2016), BLAZE (or Love in the Time of Supervillains), THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH and LOVE AND VANDALISM (Sourcebooks/2013, 2014, 2017). Growing up in ‘Pennsyltucky’ in the 1980s, Laurie couldn’t wait to escape rural life. After saving up her tips from waitressing at a local greasy spoon at 18 she packed up her acid wash jeans and moved to NY. Where everyone else had stopped wearing acid wash.
She graduated first in her class from St. John’s University with a BA in English and Journalism. Since then she’s written for national magazines like ALLURE, survived a teaching stint at an all-boy high school, and appeared on Good Day New York several times as a Toy Expert. And yes, ‘toy expert’ is an actual profession. Really.
She has lived in places like Orlando, Florida where she and her husband spent all of their spare time and money visiting theme parks before moving to the Cotswolds in England for six months, which was every bit as cool as that sounds. The Cromptons are now back in New York where their two children resent never going to Disney.
Laurie occasionally enjoys hanging out in fields of blooming flowers and also referring to herself in the third person.
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